"Vacuum cleaner giant Hoover has found that 49 percent of Dutch people have physical complaints while using their vacuum-cleaner. So, Hoover launches the FreeMotion, a vacuumcleaner that prevents wrist and back pains. The FreeMotion has a 'specially designed handle', that allows the user to set the height of the wand, operate the on/off switch, and select the 'appropriate program' for the floor you are vacuuming.
To be honest, the whole design probably was not sparked by the complaints of the Dutch; that little study is more likely to have been a part of the marketing effort of the Dutch Hoover division, who's website prominently features the new model. but interestingly, I can't seem to find the FreeMotion on Hoover.com. Can I conclude from that that Americans are not interested in ergonomics?" (Continued via the product usability weblog) [Ergonomics Resources]